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For many farmers, producing great food is less difficult than managing the business.

Farm Business Development

For many farmers, producing great food is not the hardest part of maintaining a viable farm, it’s managing the business and marketing products in order to make money.

The Agriculture Business Development program helps farms:

  • Plan for profit using a business and marketing plan
  • Navigate state and federal regulations (including processing, organic)
  • Apply for on-farm research and marketing grants

The Guide to Farming in NYS (at left), a resource developed by members of the SCNY Ag team and housed on the Cornell Beginning Farmer Website, contains fact sheets on everything from finding land to financing an operation, regulations on marketing and processing, and tax benefits of farming.


Brett Chedzoy
Senior Resource Educator in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Regional Director for the CCE Master Forest Owner volunteer program, Forest Manager for Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest

Last updated July 18, 2022